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towel (Portrait of Andries Stilte)
  • Kehinde Wiley, artist
    born 1977
    born: Los Angeles, California, United States ; active: United States
    Art Production Fund, producer
  • towel (Portrait of Andries Stilte), 2008
  • Works on Whatever 2008 Artist Towel Series
  • Where object was made: Harlem, New York, New York, United States
  • cotton, printing
  • Object Height/Width: 1524 x 1778 mm
    Object Height/Width: 60 x 70 in
  • Illustrious gift of the 2010–2011 Spencer Interns: Denise Giannino, Chassica Kirchhoff, Meredith Moore, Ellen Cordero Raimond, Sarah C. Schroeder, Natalie Svacina, and Amanda Wright!
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0014
Label Text

Oversized beach towel, white, over-printed with a reproduction of Wiley's 2005 oil on canvas painting "Portrait of Anrdries Stilte". In the image, a young black man stands amidst a swirling background of blue and yellow flourishes, set into a trompe l'oeuil ornate gold frame. The man is depicted in 3/4 length, with left hand on hip, elbow jutting out, and right arm extended to rest at the top of a slim black cane. The man wears jeans and an oversized navy jersey with yellow details, half-zipped over a yellow shirt. His jersey reads "Harlem". He lifts his head in a proud gesture, neck slightly extended. Above his head is a golden sun with cherub's face at its center, a reference to a decorative architectural element in the "Apollonian chamber" of Louis XIV's Court at Versailles, France.